Tuesday, September 12th 10:30 am -11:45 am
Tools of the Trade -Growing & Retaining Manufacturing in Your Community
NVIE Las Vegas
Terry Culp is the Deputy Director for Nevada Industry Excellence (NVIE), and has been with the program for over 17 years. Previously, he has owned and operated several manufacturing operations with a diverse client base of worldwide commercial, governmental (state & Federal), and higher educational customers. In over 35 years of manufacturing, he has held lead positions in sales, production, purchasing and engineering design.
Terry has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.
- Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Honorary
- Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
- Member of the Nevada District Export Council (DEC)
- Member of Southern Nevada Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG)
- National MEP Champion of the Year 2012
- Public Sector Person of the Year 2014 – Henderson Economic Development
She is also an IFR Pilot, enjoys boating, enjoys golf, play keyboards & bass with local Vegas musical groups.
NSBDC “Made in Nevada
Karen Coe, is the Operations Coordinator for the Nevada Small Business Development Center, and the Project Manager for Made in Nevada. She has been with the Nevada SBDC for 3 years and works in Reno at the University of Nevada, Reno location. Ms. Coe has a MS in Psychology and an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She previously owned an upscale children’s boutique and worked in Operations Management at a mental health/addiction treatment center. Ms. Coe has specific experience with Human Resources, financial analysis, budgeting, grant writing, project management, office fun, operations management, and the Boston Red Sox. Karen is a second year volunteer with TEDx-University of Nevada where she manages the financial end of the event.
US Commercial Service
Hector Rodriguez joined the Las Vegas Export Assistance Center team in August 2015 after serving seven years in Washington D.C. Hector’s top industries in Nevada include Mining, Oil & Gas, Environmental Technology, Defense Industries, and the Energy sector. Hector is Acting Director for CS Las Vegas and is also the Environmental Technology Global Team Leader for the Department of Commerce. The Global team consists of 230 domestic and international team members. The team supports domestic and international trade events specific to the environmental sub-sectors (water, air, waste & recycling).
Hector started with the Department of Commerce – Enforcement and Compliance (E&C) unit in 2008. With E&C, Hector worked as an Anti-Dumping trade analyst traveling to Ecuador (Shrimp), Brazil (Orange Juice), Taiwan (Ribbons), and Thailand (Shrimp) to conduct AD reviews and investigations. After five years with E&C, Hector transferred into the Industry & Analysis Unit -Trade Missions office (TPP). With TPP, Hector worked with a great team to foster U.S. export growth by assisting U.S. companies to travel with government led delegations to multiple countries and was also the project officer for WasteExpo 2014, WasteExpo 2015, and World of Concrete 2016.
Hector received his Master’s Degree in International Trade Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2006. Hector is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and learned Guarani – an official indigenous language in Paraguay during his Peace Corps service. Hector now lives in Summerlin, NV with his wife, two daughters age 9 and 5, two pugs, and a 10 month old French bulldog. Originally, Hector was born and raised in sunny southern California.
Northern Nevada Development Authority
Rob Hooper, a Carson City resident, is the Executive Director of the Northern Nevada Development Authority (NNDA), the state-designated regional development authority for the five counties comprising the Sierra Region of northern Nevada. He also chairs the Western Nevada College Institutional Advisory Council, serves on the Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Task Force, and has led the formation of the Western Manufacturing Alliance (WMA). Rob is a business leader, entrepreneur, and a seasoned executive with decades of experience in multiple industries including health care, financial services, manufacturing, retail, and resort development and tourism. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of California, Riverside.
MODERATOR: Perry Ursem
With over 20 years of corporate development experience in the public and private sectors, Perry Ursem serves as Vice President of Business Retention and Expansion for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. Perry moved to Las Vegas from Southern California in 1996, partnering with his father to own and operate a subcontracting company, serving commercial and residential development. In 2003, Perry would make a career transition into economic development as a corporate recruiter with the Nevada Development Authority. During his tenure, Perry would lend assistance to attracting 66 new companies resulting in a net creation of over 1200 direct jobs for Southern Nevada. In 2012, Perry was selected as one of the first staff members with the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, leading state business recruitment efforts. In 2014, Perry would return to regional economic development and establish Southern Nevada’s first regional business retention and expansion program called “BizCONNECT.” From its inception, more than 300 companies in Southern Nevada have been interviewed through this program. BizConnect was developed to identify local industry verticals, target operational and supply chain areas in need of improvement, and promote new business development opportunities within Southern Nevada. Perry, with his wife Renee, a seventh grade English Teacher at Becker Middle School with the Clark County School District, is raising their eleven-year-old daughter here in the Las Vegas Valley. Perry earned his Bachelor’s Degree with a double major from California Lutheran University.
Tuesday, September 12th 2:30 pm -3:45 pm
Makerspaces to Makers
University of Nevada, Reno
Tara Radniecki is the Engineering Librarian at DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her passion is investigating makerspaces, innovation, and entrepreneurial resources in academic libraries and how they can positively affect student achievement, faculty research, and greater community building. With colleagues from the University of Texas at Arlington, she is currently researching makerspace competencies and how they can be integrated into higher education curriculum. She is a recognized thought leader on makerspaces and innovation in libraries and has presented both nationally and internationally.
Austin is a mechanically inclined computer nerd. Growing up in Montana, he would work on cars by day and study computers by night. Throughout his high school career he competed in Business Professionals of America, culminating in placing 11th in the nation in PC Servicing and Troubleshooting. Giving back to similar organizations, he acted as the Head Mentor for the Young Entrepreneur Alliance, this last year. Now working as a Jr Systems Administrator for AdvancedTCI, he maintains and designs server and networking infrastructure. He has skills from welding, fabrication, and automotive repair, to Server deployment, and CAD/CAM design. These mean that he is always working on interesting projects. Always willing to lend a hand, he has become a well known figure at the Synshop, one of the Las Vegas makerspaces.
Sarah Van De Mark
MODERATOR: Bill Bokelmann
Bill Bokelmann is a seasoned business professional, community leader, and entrepreneur. In 2008 he and his wife, Pam, launched a small promotional products business called Maxx Promotions.
Bill is actively involved in his community. He is a graduate of Leadership Henderson where he helped to spearhead raising over $30,000 for the Brown Junior High School Orchestra. He serves on the BE Engaged Committee representing Henderson in bringing business and education together and is a mentor to one of the newly appointed Clark County School District Associate Superintendents.
Bill serves as a Board Member on the Water Street District Business Association, the American Cancer Society of Southern Nevada, and Entrepreneurs Assembly of Nevada. He also serves as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Henderson and a resource partner with the Nevada Department of Business and Industry.
Bill has received many awards, including Henderson Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year.
Wednesday, September 13th 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Winning Big in Manufacturing Business Attraction
Governor's Office of Economic Development
Ryan Smith is the Business Development Manager of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Under the direction of Steve Hill and Governor Brian Sandoval, GOED structured “Moving Nevada Forward”, the plan for diversifying Nevada’s economy. GOED has focused its diversification efforts in a variety of industries, including Aerospace and Defense, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Energy, Logistics and Operations, Information Technology, Health Care, Mining, and Gaming and Hospitality. In the past several years, GOED has played an integral part in bringing businesses such as Tesla, Take Two Interactive, Solar City, Barclaycard, and Apple to Nevada—businesses that have, and will, create thousands of jobs and bolster the state’s economy. Smith plays an instrumental role in administering the Department’s incentive and grant programs.
Prior to accepting his position at GOED, Smith served multiple roles in both the gaming and logistics industries.
Smith received a degree in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University. He and his wife, Elyse, live in Summerlin and have a newborn daughter.
Dan Doherty is an Executive Vice President in the Industrial Division of Colliers International and has
been a top 5 producer in the Las Vegas Office for the past 19 years. Dan is experienced in all phases of
industrial real estate including site selection, tenant representation, development and design, landlord
leasing and industrial investment sales. Dan has been honored with the Industrial Broker of the Year
award by NAIOP in 1999, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2016. He was also named 2008, 2011
and 2013 and 2015 People’s Choice Broker of the Year and top producer by SIOR. Dan is also an active
supporter of the Links for Life Foundation, assisting in coordinating and attending various events since
its founding in 1995. Dan’s clients include Panattoni, Prologis, GLP, Harsch Investment Properties, MCA
Realty, Juliet Properties, Dermody, TA Associates, RC Willey Home Furnishings, and Hillwood, to name a
City of North Las Vegas
Gina Gavan is the Director of Economic and Business Development for the City of North Las Vegas. She is responsible for increasing and diversifying the economic growth for the city through business attraction, expansion and retention with a focus on creating jobs and capital investment. She’s attracted global brands to invest, build and develop in the City. Companies such as; The Honest Company, Amazon, Fanatics and Hyperloop-One are a few of companies that decided to call North Las Vegas home in the last 2 years.
Gina grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, and received her B.S in Liberal Arts from Indiana University.
Gavan has received numerous honors and citations for her community work. She was recognized in Las Vegas Woman Magazine’s August 2016 issue as a “Fearless Female”, the March 2014 VRated Magazine’s “Faces of Las Vegas”; bestowed with Vegas Magazine’s “Vegas Gives” award in November 2013; named a “Woman to Watch” in 2011 by In Business Magazine; and identified as a local hero in December of 2011 by City Life Magazine. In 2012, her Project Dinner Table was voted the “Best Way to Give and Eat” by the Las Vegas Review Journal and by SEVEN Magazine in 2011. The national luxury magazine Travel + Leisure named Project Dinner Table as one of the “Must See + Do” in Las Vegas in February 2013.
MODERATOR: Sallie Doebler
Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
Sallie Doebler is the Vice President of Member Development for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, the largest business organization in the State of Nevada. In this position, Sallie oversees new member recruitment and member experience.
Prior to join joining the Chamber, Sallie was responsible for Business Development for several leading commercial general contractors and was heavily involved in the Commercial Real Estate Industry. Sallie was the 2011 president for the Southern Nevada Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Organization, and co-chaired their Government Affairs Committee from 2013-2016. She currently serves on the President’s Council for the Chapter.
Sallie has been engaged in a number of professional organizations during her time in Southern Nevada, including the Downtown Alliance, Nevada Heals, CCIM and the Las Vegas Metro and Henderson Chambers. She is also a graduate of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber’s Leadership Class of 2014.
Wednesday, September 13th 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Nevada’s Industrial Development Update & Analysis
John Restrepo is the Principal of Las Vegas-based RCG Economics. He directs the firm’s economic, real estate and financial consulting activities. For 37 years (28 years in NV), John has analyzed regional economic and real estate trends in a number of markets and regions.
His clients include some of the most prominent private and public organizations concerned with economic development, regional economics, development and growth. He has spoken before a variety of business groups on a wide range of commercial economic, real estate and public policy topics.
John currently co-publishes: 1) So. Nevada’s oldest survey of quarterly commercial real estate conditions now with the Lied Center for Real Estate Studies at UNLV; the theStatPack and Fact Pack business intelligence online newsletters with HighTower Advisors-LV; and the RCG Monthly Nevada Job Flash. He also maintains the Nevada by the Numbers blog.
Reno Engineering Corp.
Vincent J. Griffith has over 22 years of experience in civil engineering. He is the owner of a civil engineering design company in Reno Nevada (Reno Engineering Corporation) and a commercial building construction company (Comstock Builders LLC) and a land development company (Reno Land & Cattle LLC). He is an expert in land development projects which include drainage infrastructure, design of streets, sewers, storm drains, water mains, lift stations, retaining walls, grading plans, flood plain analysis, hydrology and hydraulics. He is also an expert in construction projects with emphasis on, construction claims, delays, and contract disputes. His unique mix of qualifications as Registered Engineer, Licensed General Contractor, and successful Land Developer allow him to bring a unique blend of qualifications for litigation support.
Land Development Associates
David Brown began his career in 1996 with the Reno Engineering Corporation.
As Project Manager he performed design and construction management duties for the 2,000 acre South Meadows Business Park. South Meadows is home to over 20,000,000 square feet of industrial and commercial space.
In 1998, Reno Engineering became the lead development team on a master planned industrial park in northern Nevada, the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. His responsibilities included master planning what would become the largest industrial park in the western United States. He also managed the design and permitting of the water, sewer, and roadway infrastructure for the park. At build-out, Tahoe Reno will encompass more than 102,000 acres.
In 1999, David moved to Northern California to take a position as a principal civil engineer with Bellecci and Associates. There Mr. Brown was responsible for entitlement, design, and construction management for over 3,000 acres of commercial, industrial, and residential projects.
In 2002 David moved to Southern Nevada to join TRC as Vice President of Development. Mr. Brown was responsible for overseeing all of the firm’s private development work in Nevada and Arizona. David managed a design and engineering staff of over 20 professionals.
In 2004 one of TRC’s clients, Omega Development, recruited David to join their development team. As acquisitions and project manager, Mr. Brown was responsible for overseeing development of over 600 condominium units and acquisitions of over 250 acres of land. David was responsible for marketing and sales of excess land inventory of over 100 acres.
In 2007, Mr. Brown joined the team of Industrial Properties Development as Vice President of Development. Mr. Brown is responsible for overseeing development for the 3,250 acre Mountain View Industrial Park, including the annexation into North Las Vegas, entitlements, and utility and roadway extensions. He also served as the the development manager for over 4,000 acres of land in the Apex Industrial Park.
In 2010, Mr. Brown founded Land Development Associates (LDA), a full service development consulting firm. LDA has successfully developed over $200 million in projects through the Las Vegas Valley-from acquisition and entitlements through construction support and certificate of occupancy.
In addition, David has a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University in Civil Engineering and has held professional engineering licenses in California and Nevada.
MODERATOR: Kevin Gullette
City of Las Vegas
Kevin Gullette, is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) with over 25 years of experience in various positions across the country.
Kevin has a diverse work history that includes experience as a Certified Main Street Manager and downtown development professional. Kevin worked to establish the first Business Improvement District (BID) located outside of a downtown in the State of North Carolina. He has established county programs and written local economic development incentive policies for several communities, to include Tax Increment Financing (TIF), shell building programs, and development of industrial and business parks. Kevin also ran a regional tourism program consisting of three public entities funding efforts to attract visitors and spending to central Virginia.
Collectively, Kevin’s activities have attracted well over $1 billion dollars in new investment for the communities in which he has worked.
Kevin has served on various community boards with local Chambers of Commerce, Smart Start Education, Charlotte Arts Council as well as work on committees with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (EDI).
Kevin has lived in the Las Vegas area for four years. Prior to arriving in Nevada, Kevin lived in Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina. He is a graduate of St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, NC with a B.A. in History.
He and his wife, Barbra Coffee, have four children and two “four legged” children.
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